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4 Step DIY Coffee Can Plastic Bag Holder

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

A trip to the grocery store for most families results in a bunch of plastic bags to deal with. Do you recycle them, reuse them, and if you keep them how do you store them? Today I have a solution that will help keep your space organized with a plastic bag holder that you can easily make in less than an hour.

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No More Plastic Bag Clutter

All those grocery bags can add up to a big mess. When you save them to use again they can wind up all over the place creating massive amounts of clutter. Making a plastic grocery bag holder out of a plastic coffee container is not only a  better way to keep them all organized, but a great way to reduce waste.

This is an easy, DIY plastic bag storage for keeping bags under control and at your fingertips when you need them.

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How to Make a Plastic Bag Holder

Make a DIY plastic bag holder to keep in your home, your car or even your office. You never know when they will come in handy!

Plus, you have the added benefit of organized spaces! It’s a total win-win!

Items you need:

  • Large plastic coffee can with lid
  • Grocery bags
  • Sharp scissors or knife


  1. Flatten bags and gather together at the bottom. Pull handles up so they are ‘open’.
  2. Make small “X” in the lid of your can.
  3. Stuff the bag into the coffee can (or wipes container), leaving only the handles out.
  4. Pull the next flattened bag through the handles of the one in the container. Fold bottom of the new bag over the previous bag’s handles.
  5. Stuff new bag into the container and start the process over until your container is full!

Plastic Bag Storage Ideas

One of the best things about this plastic bag holder project is that it can be used for so many other items. You can also spray paint the outside of the holder to match your home décor and even label them with permanent vinyl letters.

You’ll want to make several plastic coffee containers:

  • Wipes Container- Storing homemade hand wipes
  • Car Snack Kit – A car “emergency” snack kit for keeping healthy snacks available for road trips or long afterschool activity nights.
  • Dirty diaper trash bag holder – If you are using these for diapers or other soiled items, you can add a few drops of essential oils (any scent) to the bottom of the container. The bags will come out smelling fresh and keep the bad scent locked in longer!
  • Dog duty bag holder – Just grab a plastic bag and start scooping!
  • Lego holder – Make a holder for travelling in the car. It’ll help keep the mess at bay.
  • Tissue holder – Car sized tissue holders only hold a few tissues and that can be a problem during allergy season. Make a plastic coffee container tissue holder for ease of access during car trips.

As you can see there are many uses for this plastic bag storage idea making it an invaluable tool in keeping your space organized. With just a few items and a bit of time, this DIY plastic bag holder becomes the perfect place to store your bags so they are out of sight and within reach when you need them.

What are some ways you use your grocery bags around the house? I’d love to hear about them. Let me know if you decide to use this idea and don’t forget to to us @LovingLiving Lancaster!

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  1. I love a good DIY! Would have never thought to do this on my own – great idea!

  2. This is great! I never know how to store all my leftover bags but can’t convince myself to throw them away!

  3. What a clever idea! It certainly helps with keeping all of those plastic bags together. Seems like we have a lot of them.

  4. Stacy Kripas says:

    That’s so amazing! I’ve never thought that before, I’ll give it try to myself.

  5. Elizabeth O. says:

    Great idea! I have a lot of plastic bags and I don’t really like throwing them out, such a waste. This is an awesome way of storing them! Thanks for this!

  6. That’s a smart invention. I never know where to keep those bags, but I def. never want to throw them away.

  7. Very clever! I have a cupboard stuffed with them. I am going to do this!

  8. I should do this to free up space in my cupboard. Great tip!

  9. Oh, I like this idea a lot. My extra plastic bags from groceries drive me crazy. I’m going to do this,

  10. I have one of these that I made back when I first got married.I put some cheap shelf paper on the outside to match my kitchen. I still use it to this day.

  11. This is awesome! I love DIY,I wanna try the plastic bags idea. Thanks for this.
    Very clever to the one who taught abt this.

    1. I use wipes containers too, they work wonders!! You could also use a used clorox wipes container, or even a pringles container (just cut a hole in the top of the lid!)

  12. Great idea! I have so many plastic bags in my pantry and this will be a cool way to organize them. .

  13. That is a great idea. I keep shoving my bags in this IKEA holder I bought but it’s impossible to get a single bag out when I need it. Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is a genius hack that I need to employ ASAP! I have a bag of bags — yep, you read that right! — in my bathroom that is pretty much taking over an entire corner of the room.

  15. OMG! My husband has one here at home! I’m totally trying this out.

  16. Totally sharing this with my mom! She has millions of bags in her car and this would be a perfect way for her to organize the mess.

  17. Love how another one comes out as you pull one out. I have one of those hanging cloth things in my laundry room where I store my extra ones. Sadly, I throw away any extras that don’t fit. I use these bags for my small trashcans throughout the house, and go through quite a few of them

  18. I have tons of ecobag, not so much the plastic ones. I just put them all in a pile now. 🙂

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